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09-04-2005, 03:17 PM
Bucks to donate $500,000 to Katrina relief efforts

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The Milwaukee Bucks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=mil) are joining the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, pledging to donate $500,000, the NBA has announced. The Bucks will give $100,000 of that amount to the American Red Cross and $100,000 to the United Way's hurricane relief efforts, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on Sunday.
The Bucks are also working with the Milwaukee chapters of each of those organizations, the paper reported, along with the league to aid local and national efforts to aid the victims of one of the largest natural disasters in U.S. history.
"We felt the urgency of the situation and how we might be able to help those organizations in the first phase of the relief efforts," Bucks vice president of business operations John Steinmiller told the paper. "Both those organizations have established good footholds in the Gulf Coast area, and we knew it [assistance] would get to the right place and be effective."
Cincinnati Bengals (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=cin) cornerback Greg Brooks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=6942) was still waiting to hear from his family, including his young sun, "Little Greg," as of Friday night in the wake of the hurricane's destruction.
Brooks, a New Orleans native who played for Southern Mississippi, told the Cincinnati Enquirer he had "no news" from his son or any of his family.
"It's just so hard not to know," Brooks told the paper.
The news was better for some of Brooks' teammates, as word flowed in from their families.
Rookie wide receiver Chris Henry (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=7259) welcomed his mother and other family members to his home in Florence, Ky., after they'd driven from their flooded home in Belle Chase, La., while cornerback Tory James (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=3603) brought his wife and daughter to his in-season home.
Cornerback Reggie Miles had heard from most of his family in his hometown of Pascagoula, Miss., but had not yet heard from an aunt and his seven nephews and nieces.
Members of the Florida Marlins (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=fla) team and staff are contributing $1,000 each to the relief efforts, the Palm Beach Post reported.
Marlins center fielder Juan Pierre (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=6550), a resident of Alexandria, La., discussed the plan with the Marlins after a team prayer service Friday, according to the newspaper.
Donations from fans will be collected outside Dolphin Stadium on Sunday, where the Marlins host the New York Mets (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=nym). And players suggested giving fans free admission to a game if they brought relief supplies to the stadium, but that idea hasn't been discussed with the front office, according to the paper.
The Oakland Athletics (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=oak) and former A's first baseman Jason Giambi (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5386) have started up a collection for third-base coach Ron Washington, who lost his own house and his mother's in the hurricane, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Giambi gave $20,000 and the A's players had collected $9,000 with more expected for Washington, who was in search of housing for 16 relatives who evacuated New Orleans for Alabama, the paper said.
"That was very nice," Washington said of the players' support. "Now, instead of looking at one apartment, we can get a couple. That was awesome. It's been a long time since I dropped tears, I never expected anything like this."
Washington said he told Giambi his contribution was too much, but Giambi insisted.
"That's the way Jason is," Washington told the paper. "He's a class act."
Washington is to travel to Alabama on Tuesday to help his family, according to the paper, and rejoin the team in Texas on Friday.
Arizona State officials are to be in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday to discover first hand what would await the Sun Devils if their game at LSU next weekend is not rescheduled, The Arizona Republic reported.
"They'll take a look at the logistics from our standpoint," Koetter said. "We'll know more then."
The teams are still discussing options for moving the game, possibly to Shreveport's Independence Bowl, but as of Saturday the game was still scheduled to take place at Tiger Stadium next Saturday.

penguinz
09-04-2005, 05:17 PM
Bucks to donate $500,000 to Katrina relief efforts

Cheap bastards